Did you know that September is a great month for shopping and finding deals on big ticket items? Major brands are slashing prices now in preparation for newer models. If you’re not fussed about having the latest model of a phone or an appliance, this is your time to save big. Some Labor Day sales will even extend for the rest of the week or the month.

Here are the best deals to keep an eye out for:

Mobile devices

New Apple and Android phones are typically introduced this month so last-generation models get marked down.


September isn’t just peak season for apples; grapes are also ripe and ready to eat in September through October. Enjoy them fresh, freeze them for a healthy frozen treat. You can even add the frozen grapes to your water, a cocktail or a glass of wine to keep your drink chilled without watering it down.


It doesn’t pay to buy a mattress unless there’s a big sale so look for markdowns of 50% or more over Labor Day weekend. If you miss out on the holiday sales, wait for Columbus Day or Presidents’ Day deals.

Outdoor furniture, grills, mowers, and sheds

End-of-season blowout sales! There won’t be a huge selection this time of year, but what’s left will be on clearance. If you’re not picky about certain models or features, this will get the job done just fine.

Shrubs and trees

Check home and garden centers for special end-of-season deals on their spring and summer inventory of plants. Don’t pack your garden tools away just yet; fall is the best time of year to plant shrubs and trees as well as perennials like hostas and daylilies. Fall moisture and cooler air temps help plants establish their root systems, which will provide a stronger foundation for next spring.

Major appliances

New washers, dryers, ranges, and dishwashers models hit showrooms in the fall so stores need to clear out last year’s models to make room. You’ll also find deep discounts during Columbus Day, Black Friday, Presidents’ Day, and Memorial Day weekends.